How to Pick the Right Breast Pump - Part 1

How to Pick the Right Breast Pump - Part 1

Consider your specific pumping circumstances

Choosing the right breast pump is a crucial decision that can significantly impact your breastfeeding journey. To make an informed choice, it’s important to consider your specific pumping circumstances. This guide will help you select the optimal breast pump based on two key questions: whether you will be nursing directly at the breast or exclusively pumping, and whether you will need a pump for regular or occasional separation from your baby.

1. Will You Nurse or Exclusively Pump?


Nursing means your baby primarily feeds directly from your breast. You may need to pump occasionally to maintain supply or for short separations.

Exclusive Pumping

Exclusive pumping means your baby will be fed entirely from bottles of expressed milk, requiring a robust and efficient pumping setup to maintain milk supply.

2. Will You Need a Pump for Regular or Occasional Separation from Your Baby?

Regular Separation

Regular separation involves consistent daily activities such as work or school. You will need a reliable, high-performing pump to ensure you can express milk efficiently during these periods.

Occasional Separation

Occasional separation includes short, infrequent activities like doctor’s appointments or yoga classes. A less intensive pump may suffice for these situations.

Pumps for your Circumstances

Here's a table to help you choose the best type of breast pump based on your circumstances:

Regular Separation

Occasional Separation


High-Performing Electric Pumps: Essential for maintaining supply with regular separation, these pumps are efficient and reliable. Some have battery packs or rechargeable batteries and if you have a long commute or need to pump during travel, these pumps offer the convenience of mobility.

Wearable Pumps: If your job or school doesn’t allow for regular pumping breaks, wearable pumps offer continuous, discreet pumping, enabling you to pump even in less private settings. 

Caution: Wearable pumps (of any brand) are not as effective in emptying your breasts as your baby or an electric pump. Make sure to nurse your baby directly at least twice a day so that your breasts empty fully. 

Manual Pumps: Perfect for infrequent use, manual pumps are portable, easy to use, and don’t require power.

Electric Pumps: Good for those who need to pump occasionally but prefer the efficiency of an electric pump over a manual one.

Exclusive Pumping


High-Performing Electric Pumps: These pumps are designed for frequent, intensive use and provide efficient and effective milk extraction. They have enough power to empty your breasts fully.

Backup Manual Pumps: Even if you have a high-performing electric pump, having a manual pump as a backup is essential. Manual pumps are great for emergencies, travel, or power outages, ensuring you can always pump.

Nice to have if you have room in your budget: 

Wearable Pumps: Perfect for moms who need to pump discreetly on-the-go, wearable pumps fit inside your bra and allow for hands-free pumping.
Caution: Wearable pumps are only good as secondary pumps so please use them only a few times a day, and make sure to use a high performing primary electric pump at least twice a day.

Which Idaho Jones Pump is Best for Your Circumstances?

Idaho Jones offers a range of breast pumps designed to meet various needs. Here's a quick guide to help you choose the best Idaho Jones pump for your circumstances:

  • For Exclusive Pumpers: The Twain Portable Breast Pump is an excellent choice. It is high-performing, durable, and designed for frequent use. You can pair it with the Pump-A-Collect Milk Collection Cups when you need to be more discreet at work or on-the-go. If you have the budget to splurge, you can get the Pump-A-Wear Wearable Pump as secondary pump for occasions where you would prefer a wearable option.

  • For Direct Nursing with Regular Separation: The Pump-A-Wear Wearable Breast Pump are perfect for on-the-go moms who need to pump discreetly at work or school. Its compact and quiet design allows for hands-free pumping, even in less private settings. If you don’t need the discretion, the Moxi Portable Breast Pump offers small size, portability and efficient milk extraction.

  • For Direct Breastfeeders with Occasional Separation: The Moxi Portable Breast Pump offers a balance of efficiency and convenience, making it suitable for occasional use. For those rare times you need to pump on-the-go, the Pump-A-Collect Milk Collection Cups can turn the Moxi into a wearable and discreet option.

Selecting the right breast pump is a personalized decision that should be based on your specific needs and circumstances. By considering your daily routine, the level of convenience you need, and your pumping frequency, you can choose the best pump for your situation. Having the right breast pump set up can make your breastfeeding journey smoother, more comfortable, and more enjoyable.

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